My family of 5 (two adults and three teens) stayed at the Canal Park Inn for 4 nights and I cannot say enough great things about our stay! We had two rooms, Denot and Sinnot, which was more than enough space for us. Our hosts, Kipp and SaraDoe, were welcoming when we arrived and attentive to our travel needs throughout our stay. They always remembered what we had been doing and asked how the trip was going frequently.
The Canal Park Inn is in a fabulous location at the north corner of TriBeCa. I loved going 2 blocks to the greenway and running along the river. We loved the restaurants nearby, particularly Ear and American Flatbread. The Greek, though expensive, also was fabulous! The shopping just a few blocks away was also fantastic, and the walk to the financial district and Chinatown was easy and entertaining. I thought I would miss staying next to Central Park but I really did not... and the price for our 2 suite-rooms at Canal Park Inn was comparable to the price of our much-more-crowded 1-bedroom suite up near the Park a few years ago (and they didn't even have Kipp and SaraDoe!).
I've seen a couple of poor reviews and I'd love to address the misgivings listed within them so that no one is surprised as they arrive at Canal Park Inn. One reviewer described the building as "rickety" (translated from Italian). The Canal Park Inn is located in an historic building which was built almost 200 years ago. The building is full of charm, grace and quirkiness-- and that includes a steep and slightly crooked stairway to the third floor that my 83 year old mother or a 2 year old toddler could *never* negotiate safely. For us, though, it was nothing but charm (and a workout to get a suitcase up-- though Kipp would gladly have carried it up for us). So know what kind of charm you are getting when you book. My kids loved the historic, adventurous feel of the Inn and we did too... but if you're someone who needs buildings that are up to modern code, or prefers new and sleek to historic and cozy, this may not be the place for you.
Another reviewer or two mentioned that rooms were not cleaned daily and linens were changed less than daily. This policy is on the website and I for one appreciated the gesture toward sustainability and didn't mind that no one had made my bed for me when we returned from a long day of fun.
I also appreciated that breakfast was served on actual dishes and not styrofoam. Breakfast was a fun little adventure, with frittatas and waffles all made from a waffle iron. My personal favorite breakfast was granola with pretty much an entire garden of fresh berries all over it. My kids couldn't get enough fo the waffles with syrup and whipped cream. Breakfast was served each morning down in the theater lobby, with classical music and the smell of good coffee, and our hosts there to advise on our travel for the day. A very pleasant experience.
All in all, I'd stay at the Canal Park Inn again in a heartbeat. Now that we've been there I can't imagine staying anywhere else in New York. We felt like locals, had access to anything we needed, and our hosts were wonderful. Thank you Kipp and SaraDoe!